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* Happy Birthday, Georges Belfort!

Georges Belfort (fourth from left) was feted by colleagues and students past and present.

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Happy Birthday, Georges Belfort!
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) feted beloved professor Georges Belfort on June 7 with a daylong symposium. The event, held in honor of Belfort’s 70th birthday, was attended by his peers and colleagues, as well as students past and present.

During the symposium, Rensselaer Professor and ChBE Department Head Shekhar Garde and AIChE Executive Director June Wispelwey presented Belfort with a plaque commemorating his lauded career as one of the world’s premier bioseparations researchers. Belfort is known for his applied research on bioseparations using membranes and affinity methods, as well as his seminal work on surface science of synthetic membranes. He has made wide-ranging fundamental and applied research contributions to the understanding, design, and application of pressure-driven membrane processes for the recovery of biological molecules.

Held in the auditorium of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, the symposium included presentations by ChBE professors B. Wayne Bequette, Steven Cramer, Howard Littman, and remarks by Garde. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Ohio State University also gave technical presentations.

Belfort, the Russell Sage Professor of Chemical Engineering, joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1982. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 11, June 18, 2010
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